Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- August 20, 2003
Corp. Donates Workflow RIP System To Cal Poly Graphic Communication
Cal Poly graphic communication students will be able to train on the
latest technology used in the printing industry thanks to a donation
from Xitron Corp. of a Xenith Extreme Workflow Raster Image Processor
The new RIP system uses portable document format (PDF) files, enabling
students to transport electronic images to the printing press faster
and at a higher quality. The PDF function saves information in smaller
files without sacrificing the quality of the document.
"The Xenith system will be a tremendous asset in our prepress labs,"
said Penny Osmond, graphics communication professor. "We now have
the ability to teach a complete workflow solution including full PDF
capabilities to our students, keeping our students up to speed on the
To print a brochure or newspaper, the RIP system translates the information
from an electronic image into a series of Raster dots which is then
burned onto a plate in the printing press. Xitron made the donation
June 30, and by July 16, the new Xenith RIP system was helping print
the Mustang Daily student newspaper.
"One of the things that impressed me about the Xenith system is
it offered a one-stop solution," Osmond said. "Instead of
having to learn and maintain multiple RIP systems, Xenith has the ability
to drive many output devices."
The system allows Postscript 3 output to multiple programs. Graphic
communication students will use the Xenith system to prepare and output
files to Herkules Pro imagesetter, Creo Trendsetter, and other department
machines. Xenith Extreme Workflow includes preflighting, proofing, in-RIP
trapping, Post-RIP imposition and archiving.
Xitron's president, Jim Thrush states, "We are honored to have
such a well respected educational institution such as the Cal Poly's
Graphic Communication Department using Xitron's Xenith Extreme to aid
in training the future leaders of the graphic arts industry. We are
confident Xenith Extreme will prove to be an excellent tool to demonstrate
a state-of-the-art, efficient and flexible solution for the automation
of the prepress process."
Xitron, Inc., headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., has engineered technology
tools for the publishing industry for 26 years. Xitron provides high-performance
systems including RIPs, print servers, imagesetters, proofing and multiplexing
products, as well as custom applications for the newspaper and commercial
printing industries worldwide.
Cal Poly's Graphic Communication Department, founded in 1946, is one
of the largest facilities of its kind in the nation. It serves all facets
of the graphic arts industry, from printing and publishing to digital
imaging. Presently, there are more than 2,500 Cal Poly Graphic Communication
alumni employed in diverse positions in the graphic communication field.
Many hold high-level positions such as plant managers and corporate
executives for equipment and supply manufacturers. Approximately 300
students are enrolled in the graphic communication program. The department
offers research opportunities, product evaluations, consulting, and
seminars and workshops for the industry through the Graphic Communication
Institute at Cal Poly.